Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cup O' Cherries

Cup O' Cherries 6x6 oil on canvas. Bid on eBay
A minor break from roses today as I console myself with the familiar.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Heirloom Bouquet

Heirloom Bouquet, 8x8 oil on canvas. Bid on eBay
Another attempt at a floral arrangement. I particularly like the warm shadows used in the pitcher/vase and the energy in the background. This is one of those little "Bliss Bouquets" you can pick up at Safeway so I dont know how long it will last in the studio. I'm going to try to squeeze as many paintings out of it as I can before the flowers are completely 'done'.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Rose Tea

Rose Tea 6x6 oil on canvas. Bid on eBay
Weeeelllll, I'm giving roses another go around. We are approaching February so why not (Valentines Day, right?)? I'll tell you why not. They are a real challenge! So many layers and petals that my eyes blur trying to get it all straight. But, I figure, after doing a hundred or so, I might get the hang of it. So if you'll just have a little patience and bear with me for a few posts (or a hundred) I'm sure I'll get the hang of it.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Clems & Lems

Clems & Lems, 4x6 oil on canvas. Bid on eBay
Clementines & a lemon cluster around this little tin. Another great exercise in painting brass. These little babies are always fun to paint. I love working with orange and red and my newest paint color: cad yellow deep. A BEAUTIFUL addition to my palette!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Orange & Ladle

Orange & Ladle 4x6 oil on canvas. Bid on eBay
This rather impressionistic painting was fun and I believe successful. The ladle, for whatever reason, was the biggest challenge but I'm happy with the results. Overall, it's the looseness and subtle color and value changes that give me the greatest pleasure with this painting.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cherries Overboard

Cherries Overboard, 8x8 oil on canvas. Bid on eBay
This is the first of 2 paintings with this arrangement. I don't usually add table cloths and linens mostly because I don't use them in my home so it doesn't come naturally. I thought it would be a good exercise to explore folds and see how far I can push the highlights before it going to far. I think I may have to incorporate this in some of my larger paintings as it is a great tool for adding a degree of rhythm and of course guiding the eye to the focal point.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pansies & Grapes

Pansies & Grapes, 8x8 oil on canvas. Another little painting from that same pansy photo that I used earlier now transposed into another small still life set up.
These are a fun way to spend the afternoon especially when the weather is all wintery outside. And tomorrow they are forecasting 6-10 inches of snow! Fortunately, I am warm and cozy in my little studio with my new new Bose stereo & 5 CD changer ! And now... off to the Post Office while I can still navigate the roads!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Green Apples & Lemons, 8x10 oil on canvas. Painting shiny metals is always a bit tricky for me. Achieving the slick surface and reflections is one thing but the object itself is never the color I first imagine. The painting then becomes a lesson in really looking and focusing on my subject.

I get so caught up in my projects that yesterday, my CD player played through an entire CD and moved onto the next one and I didnt even remember the first one playing!

Monday, January 09, 2012

Pear Line Up

Pear Line Up, 9x12 oil on canvas. It was hard passing up the pears with all the colorful varieties on display. So hard, in fact, that I ended up with a bag full! We end up eating a lot of fruit at my house. Every trip to the grocery store is a scouting mission for props! :)

Monday, January 02, 2012

Pansy Tea

Pansy Tea, 8x8 oil on canvas.
A little drama today. I inserted pansies from a photo I used for a workshop into my black tea pot. I'm really lovin' the freedom to pick and choose what to paint and where to place it rather than painting exactly what I see in front of me. I suppose that is yet another sign of growth for me. This painting is available through eBay.
Update:  Sometime later I re worked this piece (one of my original 'do overs') using what I had learned over time regarding color, edges and so on.  Here is an image of that updated painting which has since sold. :)